Computing Curriculum Masterclass

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Published on March 19, 2014

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The importance of computing at school

Computing Curriculum Masterclass - secondary focus Sue Sentance, Computing At School Dan Gardner, Perins School, Hants Zoe Ross, Yorston Lodge School, Cheshire

Our session today  Sue – background to Computing curriculum  Dan – experience of a teacher in implementing the curriculum  Zoe – audience participation!

Frequently asked questions!!  How did Computing come to be in the curriculum?  Why is Computing important?  What do I need to teach?  Who are Computing at School?  What help is out there for me?

How did Computing come to replace ICT in the national curriculum?

Curriculum Change … the Milestones 201320122011

Why is this emphasis on Computer Science important?

1. Computer Science is a discipline Teach disciplines as well as skills Disciplines • Principles, ideas • Knowledge, laws • Techniques, methods • Broadly applicable • Dates slowly Skills • Technology, artefacts • Machines • Programs • Products • Organisations • Business processes • Dates quickly Physics, chemistry, mathematics, English Budgeting, presentation skills, metalwork, textiles

2. Computational thinking skills are generic  Can you decompose a task into sub- tasks?  Can you recognise patterns and then make generalisations?  Can you abstract out the important elements of a situation to understand it? (wood and trees)  Can you apply logic to problem solving?

3. Consumers or creators?

4 Economic need A recent UKCES report (Sept 2013) identified: “The digital sector will require nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to maximise its full potential. New roles will be created that will require both deeper and more specialised technical IT skills…at present, a lack of specialist technical skills are hampering growth in the sector”

What do I need to teach??

Computer Science in the Computing curriculum  What students should be able to do: computational thinking, abstraction, modelling, design, problem solving, programming.  What students should know: languages, algorithms, data structures and representation, architecture, programs, communication and coordination.

New Computing programme of study

Who are Computing At School?

How CAS started If we get together, perhaps we can get something done

CAS Membership

CAS Regional Hubs

Who belongs to CAS?  Teachers  IT Professionals  Academics  Local authority representative  … “There is no THEM, only US!”

What help is out there for me?

Support from CAS & Others  CAS Hubs – networking/support  CAS Master teachers – training  CAS Online – discussion/events  Resources – 1000+ shared on CAS Online  MOOCs – UEA and Warwick  Universities running training events

Who else? Apps for Good cs4fn Code Club Young Rewired State NextGen skills campaign Raspberry Pi … and many more ….. CS Unplugged

To join CAS go to

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